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Ivy Kids – Birnham Woods

Shelina Virani

I believe every parent should feel at ease while they are at work knowing that their child is in a safe, loving, nurturing environment where they can have fun and learn. I am confident we can provide that here at Ivy Kids Early Learning Center in Birnham Woods.

I developed a lifelong love for learning from a young age, graduating from University of Houston in 2004 with Bachelors in Finance (Cum Laude); and received an MBA from University of Phoenix in 2010.

As a mother of two spectacular kids, I understand the importance of building a strong social and educational foundation in early childhood years. When my children were 3 years old, I decided to go back to work and was challenged to find a high quality Learning Center that would prepare them for their elementary years. I decided to wait until my daughter was in Pre-K, and then I went back to work at Shell Oil Company where I worked as a Project Manager for over 10 years.

It’s an honor and privilege to now have the opportunity to pursue my life long calling to help parents and children achieve their dreams by starting with a solid foundation in early childhood education. My family and I are grateful that you are choosing to create a partnership with us. We believe Ivy Kids commitment to curriculum development, science programs, and nutritious meals for growing children helps in preparing children for a successful future.

Shelina Virani

Gloria Escobar

Gloria Escobar

My Name is Gloria Escobar and I am excited to introduce myself as the Director of the Ivy Kids Birnham Woods Center in Spring, TX. I am thrilled to return to the Spring area, where I started my career, as an educator, over 20 years ago!

I have served the greater Houston area in a variety of educational capacities including center director, regional manager, owner-director, as well as served on various boards for professional educators including Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children (HAAEYC), Texas Association of the Education of Young Children (TAEYC), and Harris County Department of Education (Head Start).

I believe in the development of academic, social, and life skills, using fun, interactive, whole-child based programs, that facilitate higher-order thinking, and lifelong learning. Additionally, I cultivate the same love of learning in my staff through professional development and continued learning opportunities. I look forward to serving and educating children in the Spring Community.

Monique Guillen

I started my career in early childhood education over 17 years ago as a Pre-K teacher in corporate childcare. After just one year in that role, I was promoted to Assistant Director. I then obtained my CDA and Director’s License and continued to serve as Assistant Director and Team Lead.

I have a passion for early childhood education and believe it’s an honor to help guide children in their learning and development. I’m excited to be joining as Ivy Kids Education Director here in Birnham Woods, I believe the school offers a unique curriculum that focuses on each child’s unique gifts and multiple intelligences in a fun, active learning environment.

I can’t wait to meet, greet and interact with all the children and families attending our school! It’s going to be great to serve and build lasting partnerships with our families and community.

Monique Guillen

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28813 Birnham Woods Dr.
Spring, TX 77386

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    My son started at Ivy Kids in September and I absolutely love all of his teachers and the staff!  I was worried that he would cry, but the teachers are so nurturing and caring he did not even notice that I left.  Of course I watched on the cameras all day long at first (as... Read All
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    At Ivy Kids Early Learning Center, your child is our number one priority. With best in class facilities and a curriculum that emphasizes early childhood brain development, we will help maximize your child’s academic potential in a fun and nurturing environment. Evidence is mounting - playful learning before the introduction of formal education is very important. (Cambridge University)

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